November 02, 2010

read this next!

  • About the author EB

Hey look! It’s our first guest post from Harper Paperbacks marketing coordinator Mary Sasso!

One great thing about working in publishing is the endless supply of new books and recommendations from fellow book-lovers. It’s like having a continually updated college syllabus, or being in a book club that meets every day at work.

Read This Next by Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark is the kind of book that brings this reading obsession to the next level. With over 500 book recommendations, Read This Next features lesser-known or rarely recommended books—all of which were carefully vetted and approved by two book-lovers with great taste. Aka, a dream for a book-lover like me.


Take One Hundred Years of Solitude. Okay, so I know this is everyone’s favorite book. Like many, I read it for the first time in college and have continued to pack up my treasured, dog-eared and underlined copy from apartment to apartment every time I’ve moved in the past five years.

So for all you Márquez fans out there, here are some great recommendations from Latin American authors, courtesy of Read This Next:

• Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges: “None of his literary progeny have matched the sheer ingeniousness of his idea-driven confections.”
• Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar: “Fascinating characters, beautiful language, and intellectual challenge.”
• Three Trapped Tigers by Guillermo Cabrera Infante: “The wordplay seethes and scintillates, as does the pre-Castro Havana nightlife that is its subject.”

If you grew up reading Agatha Christie, then try this murder mystery:
• The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson: “One of the greatest of all books where the narrator is the killer.”

And if you’re a Flannery O’Connor fan, here is another Southern Gothic tale:
• The Night of the Hunter by Davis Grubb: “One of the greatest thrillers ever written, starring one of the most vicious priests ever written.”

Click here to browse inside Read This Next. If you’ve got some great rarely recommended or alternative favorite reads of your own, then tweet your recommendations using the hashtag #readthisnext, or comment here. What are your rarely recommended favorite books?


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